Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Davao City near where the first Japanese bombs fell in the Philippines, the same day Pearl Harbor.was attacked.
When did you first start writing?
I was a bookworm who wrote as much as I read, driven to enter as many writing competitions as I could in high school, my entries sweeping up prizes in poetry, essay and fiction categories. It was at this point that I took special note of my father's recollections of his wanderings around Korea, China, Japan, Europe and America.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My novel is a fictional dramatization of the true story of my father's life.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I wanted to follow my instincts, to tell my story unfettered by the rules and conventions of established publishers, at the risk of producing a cult book touching on subjects and events that could create controversy.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords allows creativity and individual expression to flourish, and the writer being an artist, finds the blank canvas provided here an absolute empowerment, inviting him to leave the imprint he truly wants the world to see.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
There is joy in release, of letting out a story that's been banging around inside of you for the longest time. For a storyteller, the telling is fulfillment to the highest degree.
What do your fans mean to you?
Fans mean readership, the more the better. They are the reason I write. Their pleasure in reading my work motivates me to pound on my keyboard day and night.
What are you working on next?
My next book is called "Deadly Windfall," in which a self-exiled New Yorker finds a strange affinity for the natives of a Tsunami-swept island where devious forces seek World War Two treasure said to be hidden in the crocodile-infested mangroves swamps.
Who are your favorite authors?
John Grisham, John Sandford, Conn Iggulden, Yukio Mishima among others.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
An idea that pops into my head in the middle of the night or in the wee hours of the morning, that I toss and turn to develop into readable form and must type into my laptop as I imbibe early-morning tea.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I like portaging in the northern wilds, exploring out-of-the-way tropical beaches or simply having a barbecue with friends - all equally soul-enriching.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
By randomly browsing until one catches my fancy.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, it was a war story for a high school contest, about a sergeant throwing his stripes into the grave of a fellow soldier who took a bullet for him.
What is your writing process?
I mull over things in my head until I get the essence right and let it flow out of my fingers onto a keyboard before I lose the feel.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Uncle Wiggily in his car with bologna tires, seeking adventure wherever he went, had a real impact on my childhood.
How do you approach cover design?
I think of the essential points of my story and try to incorporate them in my cover imagery.
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